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Friday, September 9, 2011

Things To Do...

I've been distracted lately, but I plan to get this place moving at a brisker pace very soon. Here's what I have on my mind.

1. This weekend I'm going to review the most recent episode of "Weeds," before the new episode airs on Monday. I don't want to fall behind.

2. I am planning to watch "The Big Lebowski" with a friend of mine who hasn't seen it before. I'll talk about that a bit, and review the movie. It's a favorite of mine.

3. "Young Justice" is starting up again on September 16th with "Targets" officially airing at last. Since I've already reviewed that, expect me to continue reviewing the series week by week. After the animated abortion that is "ThunderCats" it will be very nice to be reviewing a quality animated series again. I also plan to review "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" episode by episode too.

4. In relation to #2, I plan on doing a lot more movie reviews. Old and new. Hope you like them.

5. This is more a question than a comment, but do any of you who read this care when I blog about something that is not comic book, animation, or geek related? If I were to post a review of the classic movie "All About Eve" would you all even read it?

16 comments:

  1. 5.... i probably wouldnt read it. but thats just me

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  2. "Animated abortion"? Overreaction much?

    You have some valid points, and I could see why someone would call the show average or underwhelming, but flat out awful?

    Sorry, but as someone who had sat through a lot of real animated abortions, I think you and me have completely different ideas on what "bad" is.

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  3. Yeah, we do have completely different ideas. Personally I would rather have my teeth drilled, or bamboo shoved under my nails than ever watch another second of it.

    I should have known the "ThunderCats" line would have gotten a reaction, I didn't think it would, but I should have. And I find it awfully sad that every time I talked about "ThunderCats" I got responses, and yet when I review something great like "The Royal Tenenbaums" I get nothing.

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  4. Regarding #5: Classic films, politics, you name it -- I tend to read anything you write -- I may not always be in agreement, but you most definitely have the skill to actually articulate your reasons for liking or not liking something.

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  5. Wow, I dont think you should be so nasty and critical of thundercats. There are people putting their hearts and soul into producing this show. Even I dont think its a perfect show but its entertaining and pulls of the cinematic tone its trying to achieve. For you to call it an animated abortion is such a mean spirited comment. I guarantee you there are people pulling off all nighters to complete the show and if someone showed what you have just commented about their show...

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  6. ANONYMOUS> People can and have said worse about movies directed by Michael Bay. Hell, I've said worse about movies directed by Michael Bay. Or about Justin Bieber.

    I understand the animation process, I also understand that once you put something out there, it will be scrutinized. If the people involved in the show can't take criticism, they have no business being in the biz.

    Do you go around defending Justin Bieber?

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  7. clearly you dont get it. I can understand your reviews and criticisms on thundercats (even if they are condescending). But when you are calling it an animation abortion, how is that constructive criticism? If you do understand the animation process then you must know (and I'll repeat it again) that there are hard working people behind this show and again, I bet you wouldn't go up to an individual crew member directly and say their work is an abortion after they have been doing all nighters. I can't believe I have to say this, but how would you feel if someone called your work an abortion? Even if its not to the level of perfection, its still an admirable show.

    FOr example, your comment about the sun affecting mummra...thats true. But look at justice's leagues pilot. It had the same flaw with the aliens but it still ended up being a great show. Every show has its plot loopholes now and then. So I dont believe you should just wave the show off early in its life.

    And I can't believe your bringing in micheal bay and justin bieber into the argument. Micheal bay's movies are clearly an attempt to wow the audience with superficial special effects and explosions. That superficiality can, in some sense be said for bieber I suppose. Anyway, the my argument is focusing on animation.

    If its not clear to you, its clear to me that the people behind the show are trying to create a cinematic cartoon. I think that should be respected and i think they've succeeded in some sense. The petallars episode is just an example of the cinematic and heartful episodes that I feel not many other cartoons have attempted (though there are some however but lets not get into that).

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  8. << clearly you dont get it. I can understand your reviews and criticisms on thundercats (even if they are condescending). But when you are calling it an animation abortion, how is that constructive criticism? >>

    Because I gave all my constructive criticism. This was just one sentence in a post about what I plan to be doing, and how I am looking forward to reviewing good shows again.

    << If you do understand the animation process then you must know (and I'll repeat it again) that there are hard working people behind this show and again, I bet you wouldn't go up to an individual crew member directly and say their work is an abortion after they have been doing all nighters. >>

    If I am speaking to anyone who worked on the show directly, I would be having a more in depth conversation with them, and it wouldn't be a one off sentence while I am discussing other shows.

    And as for how I would feel if someone called my work an abortion? It's actually happened. I just shrugged it off, which is a healthy response. I have thick skin about this sort of thing.

    << Even if its not to the level of perfection, its still an admirable show. >>

    Just because it exists does not make it an admirable show. It promotes racism, even if only accidentally. I can post an entire list of shows that aren't great, but are still admirable.

    << FOr example, your comment about the sun affecting mummra...thats true. But look at justice's leagues pilot. It had the same flaw with the aliens but it still ended up being a great show. Every show has its plot loopholes now and then. So I dont believe you should just wave the show off early in its life. >>

    Justice League had plenty of enjoyable things in it's first season in spite of the mediocrity. Except for one episode which was only okay, I have found nothing to enjoy about "ThunderCats." I gave it six episodes.

    << And I can't believe your bringing in micheal bay and justin bieber into the argument. Micheal bay's movies are clearly an attempt to wow the audience with superficial special effects and explosions. That superficiality can, in some sense be said for bieber I suppose. Anyway, the my argument is focusing on animation. >>

    And I believe "ThunderCats" is every bit as superficial as those two products. But maybe they're bad examples. I should have actually compared it to "Twilight." Both are one dimensional, poorly done, have legions of fans, and one creepily promotes racism accidentally while the other accidentally promotes sexism. And both are just as vapid.

    << If its not clear to you, its clear to me that the people behind the show are trying to create a cinematic cartoon. I think that should be respected and i think they've succeeded in some sense. >>

    And yet, the scripting is not there. Good cinema requires good scripting. I have said before that this series is well animated, well voice acted. But the writing and editing is just not there. And that's the most important element. I can forgive a well written show that's badly animated, but I cannot forgive a show that's poorly animated but is spectacularly animated.

    What is "cinematic" anyway? I think you and I would both have very different ideas about that. Because if this is cinematic, it's cinematic in the vein of the "Star Wars" prequels, not cinematic in the vein of let's say Quentin Tarantino.

    And again, you're coming in here and going on a tirade about ONE SENTENCE. I already gave the show it's constructive criticism. I am under no obligation to continue.

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  9. This is not MERELY about one sentence, but your ATTITUDE and approach to reviewing. The way you just called it an abortion, even if it is one sentence, shows a lot about mean spirited attitude. As a reviwer you should be more respectable than that. And as I said before (besides that 'mere' sentence) you certainly have written some credible complaints about the show but there is a condescending tone.

    So whats different about a blog? Why does that suddenly give you the right to call it an abortion? There are certainly vast alternatives to saying you dont like the show in one sentence in a less than crude manner.

    So just because other people have done it to you, it gives you the right to do it to others? I don't think thats how the world should work, and if you do abide by that then I guess I shouldn't be arguing with someone like you then.

    What is this rascism your talking about? If your talking about rascism in the show, liono did try to help the lizards. Are you saying its bad to show this? Rascism is part of our history and if a show can teach a child what it is then how is that bad? For example, in harry potter, voldemort and death eaters were prejudiced against halfbloods. These are powerful analogies that tie back to ideas of rascism and prejudice that are essential for children to learn to be better people.

    THats exactly the point, only six. You have seen ALL 4 seasons of justice league. Thundercats, at the most 8 episodes.

    I agree thundercats is lacking in the writing and that the conflicts and relationships has not been explored enough in the writing. But your condescending tone and your 'mere' one off statement where you called it an abortion should be no exception when commenting on a show like this.

    And I don't think it is superficial. The show certainly can make improvements but its been enjoyable. I respect and enjoy what it has done:
    -Beautiful scenic backgrounds and settings. We've gotten towns, rugged terrain, forests, mountains, temples etc which all help the cinematic tone I and murphy talk about.We have gotten a variety of settings in each episode.
    -The character designs have modernized the old 80s designs wonderfully. The recent sword fighting episode showed the how much detail goes into even designing the village people
    -the music also helps the cinematic atmosphere, its not any simple cartoon background tunes.

    Again, Im talking about animation and I dont see why you are talking about twilight, michealbay and bieber, (which I have agreed with you already are very superficial).

    Now your talking about star wars and quentin tarantino. ALthough their works are not my cup of tea, I respect their films and they have provided great cinematic works. But obviously im saying that thundercats is cinematic for a cartoon. Obviously comparing thundercats with quentin tarantino's works cinematically, thats a whole different story.

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  10. I'd also like to add that even JL was a pretty bland show in its first season(even BT has admitted they were not at the tip of their game). It wasn't until second season when it really got its gears going. Again, only 8 episodes of thundercats has been out.

    I'd also like to say that yes, you dont have to like the show. I dont think its perfect either (especially in the writing). But its undeniable that there a hardworking people creating the backgrounds, characters, music, writing etc who deserve better than for you to call their work an abortion OR speak about it in such a condescending tone.

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  11. I don't know who this Anonymous guy is, but this isn't a forum of some sort. This is just one guys blog. No ones forcing you or anyone else to read anything he puts on here. It's his blog, if he wants to be "condescending" or respectful, thats his right.
    Personally what I like about Greg's opinions is that most of them don't feel like their biased for the most part. If he says he doesn't like a show, he's not going to torture himself by watching it more, cause life is too short.
    Also the vibe I get is that the people Greg has criticized, I don't think he holds any resentment towards them because of who they are (perhaps theres some exceptions to this), just the things those people do.
    If I'm putting words in your mouth Greg then I apologize.

    Also looking forward to Young Justice returning. And kudos to it getting 10 more episodes to add to it's "second season". It's been off the air for WAY too long.

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  12. Just giving my two cents on this: I think "people worked hard on it" is a terrible excuse to not criticize a show, and Greg is entitled to his opinion on his own blog (plus, he has valid points)

    What does annoy me is the ridiculous hyperbole about how "bad" TC2011 is. Greg, it feels like your really high set of standards is confusing "average" with "terrible". If you want, I could send you a two-page list of cartoons that make TC2011 look like fucking Shakespeare.

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  13. First of all, thanks nygma. And thanks chdr, for the first half of your post.

    As for the second half, I do not confuse "average" with "terrible." Here are a few examples of shows I consider average and still enjoy. "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes," the first season of "W.I.T.C.H.," "GI Joe Renegades," "Wolverine and the X-Men," "Men in Black," etc, etc, etc. I could name many more.

    Your mileage may vary, but TC11 is still on my list of terrible shows. And believe me, I could compose a list like that too. In fact, just for fun, I think I will.

    Spider-Man Unlimited
    Skeleton Warriors
    WildCATs
    90's Spider-Man
    ThunderCats (80's)
    Gilligan's Planet
    Rubik, The Amazing Cube
    Doug
    Rugrats
    Iron Man: Armored Adventures
    90's Iron Man (season one)
    90's Fantastic Four (season one)
    Dragonball Z
    DinoSaucers
    The Goliath Chronicles
    Max Steel
    The Get Along Gang

    A comprehensive list could take weeks... but just to give you an idea.

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  14. "This is more a question than a comment, but do any of you who read this care when I blog about something that is not comic book, animation, or geek related? If I were to post a review of the classic movie "All About Eve" would you all even read it?"

    For the record, I do pretty much read all your posts. If I do tend to comment mostly on the geek related topics, it's mainly because those are the post where I personally feel the most qualified to comment on.

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  15. 5): Sure. It's your blog, after all, and it's a sad nerd who can't appreciate entertainment outside of SF and fantasy.

    Re: ThunderCats. I don't like this show. I was very disappointed by its execution, and said so. But every piece of entertainment had people working on it. Even the worst pieces of dreck had people who put their sweat into it. But that doesn't make them above criticism at all.

    Maybe calling it an "abortion" was a bit harsh. But honestly, criticism shouldn't be stalled just because it might hurt someone's feelings.

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  16. Anonymous there has obviously never worked at anything but a cash register.

    -Revel

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